Administering Idaho's Workers' Compensation Law

Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios

Please see below for the updated Annual Seminar schedule, as things have changed. For more information, contact Public Information Specialist Dara Barney at (208) 334-6013 or

Keynote Address (back) (UPDATED-10/21/14)

Adventures in Benchmarking: OR Study 2014*

Presented by: Michael Manley, Research Coordinator at the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Sciences

When policy makers want to compare their state’s workers’ compensation system with others across the country, one of the first stops is to compare rates. For that, the go-to source is the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking, aka the Oregon Study. Manley will discuss its 2014 findings for Idaho and other states, other sources of comparative data, and workers’ compensation trends generally.

Manley’s research activities in workers’ compensation have included studies of litigation, administrative cost effectiveness, return to work, assigned-risk pools, medical providers and interstate comparisons of benefits and premium rates.

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*Manley has replaced original keynote speaker Thomas Lynch, President and Founder at Lynch Ryan Tech, LLC. Lynch's presentation materials can be found here and here.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Sessions (back)

ADA: Take the Right Steps

Presented by: Pamela Simmons Howland; Attorney at Holland & Hart, LLP

Howland will discuss the protocol to follow when considering employee requests for accommodation under the American Disabilities Act.

As part of her employment defense practice, Howland counsels employers on how to apply recent legal developments in the employment arena to their businesses. For matters relating to retaliation and discrimination on all levels, she helps employers avoid trouble before it starts, protects them once it does, and strives to achieve the best possible outcomes if matters end up in court.

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Examining Shoulder Repair

Presented by: Dr. Michael Daines, Physician at West Idaho Orthopedics

Attendees will learn about the general guidelines for treatment of common shoulder conditions. Dr. Daines will also discuss the most common shoulder injuries that he sees in his office related to workers’ compensation.

Dr. Daines was trained in orthopedic surgery at the University of Iowa, then completed a fellowship in shoulder surgery at Oxford University in England. He has been in private practice since 2009, and specializes in the care and treatment of shoulder conditions.

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Industry Trends

Presented by: Roberto Ceniceros; Senior Editor at Risk & Insurance magazine

Participants will learn to recognize current news trends impacting workers’ compensation from a national perspective. Ceniceros will also address suggestions on how to react to these trends.

Ceniceros has reported on workers’ compensation for 20 years. He is also co-chair of the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference. Prior to joining Risk & Insurance in 2013, he was senior editor at Business Insurance magazine where he founded the popular Comp Time blog and wrote news stories covering nationwide trends in workers’ compensation.

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1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Session (back)

Workers' Comp. ... and Marijuana?!

Presented by: Mark Pew, Senior Vice President at PRIUM

Pew will discuss the pros/cons of marijuana use for medical purposes, the societal trends that are driving adoption, and how these changes can impact workers’ compensation claims and a drug free workplace.

Pew develops strategies for managing the overutilization of prescription drugs in workers’ compensation and educates stakeholders. He created PRIUM’s Medical Intervention Program in 2003.

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2:15 p.m - 3:15 p.m. Sessions (back)

Examining Shoulder Repair

Presented by: Dr. Michael Daines

This session will be a repeat version of the morning breakout session. Please see above for details.

Ethics in Workers' Comp.

Presented by: Brad Andrews, Bar Counsel at the Idaho State Bar

Ethics topics will include declining/terminating representation and mandatory/optional withdrawal, scope of representation, potential conflicts when defense lawyers represent the interests of both the employer and the surety, and treatment of money with a client trust account.

Andrews is general counsel to the Board of Commissioners and chief disciplinary counsel. Prior to his service as Bar Counsel, Andrews was a partner with Jones, Gledhill, Hess, Andrews, Fuhrman, Bradbury & Eiden in Boise. His practice emphasized civil litigation and business transactions.

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3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sessions (back)

Case Law Review

Presented by: Susan Veltman and James Arnold, Partner at Breen Veltman Wilson, PLLC; Partner at Petersen, Parkinson & Arnold, PLLC

Veltman and Arnold will speak to the defendant’s and claimant’s perspectives in Idaho Supreme Court cases and Idaho Industrial Commission cases. They will also discuss anticipated trends in Idaho workers’ compensation claims.

Veltman is an AV-rated attorney with 18 years of experience defending workers’ compensation
claims. She was among the first group of attorneys to become board-certified in workers’ compensation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Arnold began work in the area of workers’ compensation working for the Goicoechea Law Offices after his first year of law school. Arnold has been certified as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist since 1996 and has served as president of the Idaho Worker’s Compensation Section of the Idaho State Bar.

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Workplace Bullying

Presented by: Andrew Johnson, Executive Coach at Price Associates

Johnson will focus on raising awareness of the prevalence and nature of workplace bullying, traits characteristic of perpetrators and victims, description of the impact/injuries arising from bullying, ethical, legal and prevention considerations.

Johnson is an executive coach and team health specialist with Price Associates, a leadership development firm. A significant focus of his present work takes an organizational focus on conflict prevention and resolution.

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Guest speakers are invited to provide information on various topics related to the workers’ compensation field. While the Commission discusses topics in advance with speakers, we do not attempt to control content of the presentations or instructional materials. Statements made by speakers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Industrial Commission, nor are such statements endorsed as the policy of the Industrial Commission.

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